WHAT IS THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART?
morning as I awoke to the sun coming up and my granddaughter telling me
her hands were freezing(she is 2 almost 3 years old), so I went and got
her blanket and pillow and made her a pallet in the floor and turned on
her cartoon “Bolt”, I was reminded of how simple children like their
lives to be and just following their natural rhythm and needs and wants
and I realized that the condition of their hearts was pure and
unfiltered….she didn’t skip a beat as she said I am hungry and we made
her some breakfast and then she said “it’s time for Papa to wake up” and
he did and they wrestled around the living room floor(a usual morning
for us)…..and when I saw this article by Joyce Meyer’s about the
“condition of the heart”, I smiled thinking of my granddaughter and her
grandpa(Papa) and I knew that the conditions of both of their hearts at
that moment was the purest form of love I had seen in a while….and it
warmed my heart and took me to the same place they were in, so I joined
in and became part of the morning love and hugs session….enjoy todays
message and Be Blessed!
if I told you that I have a heart condition? What would your reaction
be? Most likely, you would respond with gasps of "oh no!" You would
probably feel sorry for me.
But the truth is, I do have a heart condition…and so do you.
Matters of the Heart
heart's condition depends on the things you allow into your heart.
These things form your thoughts and attitudes, and ultimately, shape the
deepest part of your being. No matter what your circumstances (the
outside) are, if your heart (the inside) is right, you're going to be
if wrong things in our hearts go unattended, they will become deeply
rooted and harder to deal with. The quicker you can detect a wrong heart
condition and get it straightened out, the better off you are.
So how do we do that?
How to Guard Your Heart
Christians, we need to check our hearts a lot more often. Because many
times, Christians can go through the motions and keep doing the
"Christian thing," but something has crept in their hearts and is
hurting them and others.
says, Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of
your life (NLT). Notice that it doesn't say somebody else will guard
your heart. It doesn't say God will guard your heart, your neighbor will
guard your heart or your pastor will guard your heart. It says you need
to guard your heart.
in charge of guarding your own heart. Realize that it's pretty much a
full-time job because we don't know on any given day what's going to
come up. You don't know what somebody may say to you that may hurt you,
disappoint you or let you down. Then suddenly, there's a wound in there
that needs to be dealt with.
Since you just don't know, you have to constantly be working with the Holy Spirit to keep your heart right.
The Most Important Thing
of the biggest revelations I've received from God is that my real life
is the life that's in me.” There's nothing more important than your
inner life—what's in your heart. (See 1 Peter 3:3-4)
One of the biggest revelations I've received from God is that my real
life is the life that's in me. The same goes for you! Life is not your
circumstances, the kind of house you live in, the kind of job you have
or how much money you have. You can have the best of these things and
still be miserable.
the other hand, it's amazing how happy and peaceful you can be in the
middle of the lousiest circumstances, including the turmoil that's going
on in the world today, if you keep your heart in the right condition.
says, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (NIV). I
love that! Do you want to hear from God? Keep your heart pure. Do you
want to know God's secrets? Keep your heart pure.
time to keep your heart pure is similar to cleaning out your basement
or attic. Once you turn on the lights and start looking around in there,
don't be surprised to find some things you didn't expect.
Darts of the Heart
said some pretty strong things about the heart. He said if you see a
woman and lust after her, then you have already committed adultery as
far as your heart is concerned. (See Matthew 5:28)
Lust has a tremendous effect on the heart, which is why we all must
guard against it. Just look at how it's destroying the lives of people
who look at the pornography that's so easily available today!
fiery dart the devil tries to shoot into our hearts is hatred. The
Bible says if you hate your brother, it's no different than if you
murdered him. (See James 4:2) We must "raise our shield" to keep our hearts pure.
Preventing Further Heart Damage
have found that if I can capture my thoughts for God early in the
morning, through prayer and meditating on Scripture, then it's easier to
protect my heart. Or, I can risk waiting until the afternoon, when I've
already let the enemy use it as a garbage dump for awhile and then try
to get a handle on it. Obviously, it would be better to start my morning
doing the right thing!
want you to understand this: Every time you feel like doing the wrong
thing and you choose to do the right thing, you are growing—and God is
develop self-control. Keep your commitments, keep your word and do what
you know God wants you to do. And every time you feel like doing the
wrong thing, choose to do the right thing.
not saying that you ignore your feelings. We need to take care of our
emotions. I tell God how I feel. But then I also tell Him what I will do
through His strength and power. The bottom line is, if you want to be a
victorious Christian, guard your heart—even when you don't feel like
God’s Grace, Mercy & Peace Be Upon Your Lives